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(From left) Emery juniors Marisa Reichstein, Jadyn Grossman, Tomer Oren, Danielle Haas and Jordyn Whitaker pose in front of the lake during the winter trip.
Right after the students came back from winter break, each grade, except for the seniors, went on their annual winter trips to learn beyond the classroom. Ninth grade went to Big Bend, tenth grade went to Eagle Wing’s Retreat Center in Burnet, Texas, and the eleventh grade traveled to Rocksprings, Texas to Camp Eagle, a few hours outside of San Antonio.
Camp Eagle had no cell service, so students were able to bond with their grade and communicate face to face. The juniors did activities such as rappelling, solving a maze in teams, caving, hiking and nightly friendship circles. The junior class would come together and give shoutouts to their classmates who encouraged them to try something new and help them along the way. The class also got to discuss religion with the group leaders from Camp Eagle in order to not only expose the staff more to Judaism, but to help us gain a new perspective on religion as a whole.
A view from the top of a mountain at Camp Eagle in Rocksprings, TX.
The purpose of the trip is to bond with your classmates because it was one of the last experiences we will have together as a class before we graduate. The trip was a rare moment in which none of us had service or could be on their phones. Instead, we got the chance to talk to one another and connect with people that aren’t usually a part of our daily lives at school. The lack of cellphone use forced us to savor the moments we share as a class and to be unplugged from a society in which technology has rapidly taken over.